5.5cup rice cooker for individual?
I am looking to get my first rice cooker and have been looking at the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5.5cup rice cooker. I anticipate MOSTLY making:
- Steel cut oats in the morning - single serving (less than 1 cup? Thought might have other items added to it)
- Rice - 2 servings... probably < 1 cup dry?
Is the 5.5cup model going to be too large? It seems there are very few models smaller than this, and most of them have less features
It should do just fine with smaller amounts. It can make as little as one "rice cooker cup"...3/4 cup dry. It's also nice to have the option to make larger quantities for later reheating. Watch close the first time you do steel cut oats...even with small quantities and the porridge setting, you can have boil-over. We're a two person household and have used a similar National model for over a decade.
There are 3 cup rice cookers. Many in fact. 5 cup rice cookers are likely to be ok too, but I won't go any larger than 5 cup -- for what you want to do.
I have the 5 cup Zojirushi, and it is my favourite item in my kitchen. It has never let me down, and I've used it ~3x a week for the last 6 years. Before that we had a cheapy rice cooker that always burnt rice or left part of it less cooked than we liked - a cooker my husband bought in college and it's hard for us to throw anything out. But one Christmas, I got the Zojirushi and I can't believe I got by without it for so long.
I usually only make 1 or 2 cups of rice, and they turn out beautifully. About once every 3 months or so I'll make a big batch of a mixed rice meal in there (jambalaya or cherry rice pilaf or similar), especially if we're having guests, and then I'm glad I have more room to work with.
It really depends on how much rice you eat. A 5 cup cooker might be a little on the large side for one person, but it really depends. I'd say go ahead and buy it. If it turns out too big, you can always buy a 3-cupper and keep the 5-cupper for any time you need more rice. You can never have too many rice cookers.
Perhaps you could try a microwave rice cooker before splashing the cash? They're dirt cheap and work really well for small quantities (mine will in fact cook up to 4 servings). 20 minutes from a cold start, less storage needed, and DW safe.